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Developing and Implementing of Integrated Insect Pest Management and Food Safety Practices for Cucurbit Production in the US-Delmarva Peninsula

Investigators
Zebelo, Simon
Institutions
University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Start date
2018
End date
2021
Objective
The long-term goal of this project is to expand organic cucurbit production in the Delmarva region. Specifically, this proposal will develop UMES' capacity to develop and apply effective IPM strategies using watermelon and/or cantaloupe as a model. To achieve this, the project will address the following specific objectives:Development of effective tactics for the management of cucumber beetles in organic watermelon and cantaloupe production including attractants and trap crops (Research).Evaluate organically-approved remedial tools for managing insect pests that occur on watermelon (Research).Evaluate the mechanical transmission ofDevelop and deliver IPM and food safety e-learning and internship opportunities for students (Education).Develop a course on the ecology of organic pest management (Education).Train farmers and educators in IPM and food safety (Extension and Outreach)
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MDX-FS20180202
Accession number
1015079
Categories
Escherichia coli
Listeria
Prevention and Control
Bacterial Pathogens